NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults - page 43

Part 4: Navigating the treatment process
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The final and most crucial member of the treatment team is also the only one who
will be there for every part of the process—
you
.
Whether you’re 16 or 36, as the person who actually has the cancer you know
your body better than anyone. You’re in the best position to help other team
members understand how you feel, what you need, and what’s working. You
should never hesitate to ask questions, seek other opinions, or let the team know
when you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a break.
Your team may get larger the further along you are in treatment. To keep track
of them, consider putting together a written or electronic “cancer address book,”
with the names and contact information of every member of your treatment team,
and a brief explanation of what they’re responsible for. (If they have business
cards, grab them and make a cancer Rolodex.) It will make it easier for you—and
any loved ones involved in your care—to know who to contact when problems or
questions arise.
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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
Definitions
Anesthesia:
Loss of
feeling with or without loss
of wakefulness
Biopsy:
Removal of small
amounts of tissue or fluid to
be tested for disease
Bone marrow aspiration:
The removal of a small
amount of liquid bone
marrow or solid bone
marrow tissue to examine
for disease
Radiation therapy:
Use of
high-energy rays to destroy
cancer cells
Reproductive system:
The organs and tissues
involved in the process
of pregnancy and child
bearing—the vagina,
cervix, uterus, fallopian
tubes, and ovaries in
women, and the penis,
testicles, and prostate in
men
I still get fatigued. I do not have the energy that I once
had, but the time that I do have, I make sure it is pretty
much all out. I exercise...spend time relaxing with my
wife...I take naps every day, too.”
Chris O., Cancer Survivor
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